Website draws attention to lack of female presence in Illinois governor race
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
One long domain name, which asks "Are there any women running for Illinois governor?" is drawing attention to the lack of women in the race for governor. Once you click the link, a giant red "no" appears. But, why? Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says it's a mindset that should be changed.
"Statistics show that women have to be asked to run more times than our male counterparts," Sanguinetti said. "I think once we have a female governor, when we have one in Illinois, I think that will be a good thing to inspire women."
The lieutenant governor's journey to leadership wasn't easy. However, Sanguinetti says she was raised to believe it was possible, an attitude she's hoping more women adopt.
"My mother who was a refugee of Fidel Castro's Cuba, and she came here with nothing," Sanguinetti said. "She didn't even have a high school education but she always told me 'in this country, you will rise like the foam' and I believed her."
Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who spends much of her time championing women's rights, says she sees a female Illinois governor in the future, maybe not this election cycle, but soon.
"We have our part to do," Mendoza said. "It's an effort to try to break that stereotype and it even starts by breaking the stereotype in our own minds."
With childhood dreams of being an NFL star, Mendoza now, finds herself surrounded by men in a political arena. She says she has to work twice as hard for the same amount of respect.
"That's why it's important for women to run, but also for women to run and win because then the next generation of people that are looking to think of what they can do some day, won't even doubt that that's possible," Mendoza said.